Announcing & Call for Speakers: GeoRabble @ Locate17/ISDE, Sydney April 4th

locate-logoThe next GeoRabble Sydney will be on April 4th, in collaboration with the Locate17/ISDE 
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In a number of GeoRabble firsts, there will be:

  • A conference exhibition ‘treasure hunt’, with great prizes;
  • A ‘Hard Chat‘ session, in which geo-CEO’s answer awkward questions; and
  • Following the success of last November’s Women in GeoRabble, we will use a ‘blind submission’ process to select the talks, so we can get speakers from all walks of life!

isde-logoWe are indeed looking for speakers, so if you have an idea for a 10-minute talk (in line with the GeoRabble rules), please send a title and short description to sydney@georabble.org.

Details of the event:

Before 4PM, the Rabble will also have free entry to the exhibition area during the ‘Market Day’. You can visit the exhibitors, and hunt for treasure!

Let us know if you have an idea for a talk!

Attendance is free (thanks to our sponsors: Permuto and Mercury Project Solutions) as always, but we do need you to register here, or here.

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Sponsored by Permuto and Mercury Project Solutions

See you on the 4th of April!


New Speaker for GeoRabble Perth #18 | The Spatial Fringe Edition

A new speaker has been added to the fray!

Join us next week in the ‘rabblin fray to ponder, muse & debate all things spatial (and maybe even meander into the not-so-spatial!). Leading us to the fringes of the spatial spectacular, we are excited to announce the following line-up of titillating talks:

Speakers:

  • Dhan Prabu – Maps with  a Twist
  • Suzanne Brown – Drainage and Liveable Communities
  • Tom Lynch – Turning Spatial Inside Out
  • Santino Vitale – What transpires – a start-up story

 

Date: Wednesday 22nd February 2017

Time: Doors open 5:30pm, Presentations from 6:00 pm

Location: Universal Bar, 221 William St, Northbridge

Format: A handful speakers, 10 minutes each, a room full of ‘rabblers, and the usual rules

Registration: Attendance is free, but for catering purposes we need you to register!

Follow @georabble on twitter or use the hashtag #georabbleper to join the conversation.

We can’t hold these events without the help of the greater Geocommunity! Please contact us if you’d like to be a part of sponsoring a future event or get involved in helping organise an event.

This event brought to you by the Perth GeoRabble team and sponsored by Amristar.

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GeoRabble Perth #18 | The Spatial Fringe Edition

We’re excited to kick off 2017 with a brand new spectacular GeoRabble!

Join us in the ‘rabblin fray to ponder, muse & debate all things spatial (and maybe even meander into the not-so-spatial!). Leading us to the fringes of the spatial spectacular, we are excited to announce the following line-up of titillating talks:

Speakers:

  • Dhan Prabu – Maps with  a Twist
  • Suzanne Brown – Drainage and Liveable Communities
  • More to be announced soon!


Date:
 Wednesday 22nd February 2017
Time: Doors open 5:30pm, Presentations from 6:00 pm
Location: Universal Bar, 221 William St, Northbridge
Format: A handful speakers, 10 minutes each, a room full of ‘rabblers, and the usual rules
Registration: Attendance is free, but for catering purposes we need you to register!

Follow @georabble on twitter or use the hashtag #georabbleper to join the conversation.

We can’t hold these events without the help of the greater Geocommunity! Please contact us if you’d like to be a part of sponsoring a future event or get involved in helping organise an event.

This event brought to you by the Perth GeoRabble team and sponsored by Amristar.

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Perth Christmas Cross-Community GeoSpatial Drinks

We would like to extend a warm & merry invite to join us for a very spatial end of year event in Perth, together with the geo-folks from Geogeeks & Geospatial Amateurs community groups.

No RSVP is required and the event is free to attend. Please feel free to forward, share or invite others who may be interested in coming along.

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We look forward to seeing you there!

With merriment & love,

–the Perth GeoRabble crew


GeoRabble Perth #17 – it’s a wrap!

Starting us off for the night was Tracy Jin Cui, with a fast-moving slide deck (47 slides!) on spatial in China; and one thing was astonishingly clear -not only is the spatial industry growing – it’s booming; and is now worth about 42 billion (US) dollars. Demand for location products and services continues to grow at a fast pace, and predominantly the platform of demand/use is mobile.

Tracy Jin Cui on Spatial in China @ GeoRabble Perth #17

Tracy Jin Cui on Spatial in China @ GeoRabble Perth #17

Bringing us back to more local extents, Marcia Schneider walked us through the ‘Historical Panoramas: Perth and Fremantle’ project which was borne out of a collaboration between Curtin University’s HIVE and the State Library of Western Australia. The project sourced historical images dating as far back as 1860, and stitched these into seamless panoramas. A sample set was then selected and georeferenced; and a task then set to capture modern-day panoramas of the same locations. Challenges faced included trying to access locations that were no longer accessible (but luckily drone technology was on hand). The resulting product was a beautiful virtual tour of the selected locations with the ability to fade/time-slide the panoramas. The tour can be accessed online here; and more locations are in the pipeline.

Historical Panorama Demo @ GeoRabble Perth #17

Historical Panorama Demo @ GeoRabble Perth #17

Next up, we had Voon Li Chung speaking to the keen georabblers about a possible method to optimise database queries involving GPS coordinates. The kernel of the issue is when performing a proximity search for coordinates stored as part of a larger database/dataset, there generally is no spatial relationship or index component to speed up the search. Either you go row-by-row or store all coordinates in memory…. Not particularly desirable when your computational device is a smartphone (and a cheap one at that). The aim was to devise a solution that could use the at-hand, off-the-shelf smartphone database technology (sqlite3), which already had desirable features – it’s fast, simple and taps into inherent database qualities – such as integer searches. The solution proposed would allow one to set a point of reference (of a certain distance from an interest point) and pre-calculate distances of other points from this reference point; and then perform search for those points falling within a certain (pre-calculated) distance range. This concept was further refined upon by introducing bearing values between a point and the reference point. These combined heuristics reduced a sample search set of coordinates from 133354 points to just 98 points! Impressive stuff!

Carrying on from Voon Li, we had Onno Benschop talking to us about his experiences participating in this year’s GovHack; and he walked us through his team’s hack on public housing in WA. They attempted to answer the ‘flipside’ of the more commonly known/asked question of ‘where should we not build public housing’ in order to address the ‘where should we build public housing?’ question. To do this, they tried to ascertain housing demand and accessibility to key services (in areas such as health & education) in order to rank areas by their desirability for public housing; and then produced visualisation of this in a geographical format – a map. Onno also spoke to us about experiences in the hackerspace environment and what it’s like to be a part of such an event. The link to their project page is here.

To conclude the evening, we had John Bryant speaking to us about a wonderful local initiative called ‘GeoGeeks’ which is an open-source based geospatial hack group that brings together an inspiring bunch of people fortnightly to tackle geospatial projects. John talked us through a couple of projects on the go: the ‘Maps for Lost Towns’, a venture aiming to bring 6000 historical map images to keen georeferencers through crowdsourcing technology; and the ‘WA Media Statements’ project which seeks to geocode all existing media statements to enable location-based searching/viewing. And many more projects are on the books – such as spatially tracking food trucks through tweets, or solar panel crowdsourcing. John also touched on the reasons to become involved as geospatial professional, regardless of your level of experience. You can learn new geo skills and improve problem solving abilities; it’s also an opportunity to give yourself the time/space to actually work on your own ideas, network and build meaningful connections with other industry professionals. And, because people from all industry-walks of life are welcome, you might even have the opportunity to open your mind to new ways of tackling age-old geospatial problems. To find out more, head this way.

A huge thanks also to our sponsor – Survey Results. Cheers! We couldn’t run events like this without the generous support of organisations in our industry.

We’re also making a call-out for some new organisers to join the local Georabble team. If you have ideas for topics, even if that means dobbing someone else in, or can help us with some drinks and nibbles for next time, we’d love to hear from you via perth@georabble.org.

Stay tuned via #georabbleper for news about our next event coming up soon.

 


Perth Georabble #17 – 25th August

Speakers:

  • Tracy Jin Cui – Geospatial industry trends and progress in China
  • Marcia Schneider – Historical Panoramas project
  • Voon-Li Chung – A Heuristic for Optimising Database Queries Involving GPS Coordinates
  • Onno Benschop – Spatial Adventures at GovHack
  • John Bryant – Maps for Lost Towns, and other Geogeeks projects

Date: Thursday 25th August 2016

Time: Doors open 5:30pm, Presentations from 6:00 pm

Location: Universal Bar, 221 William St, Northbridge

Format: A handful speakers, 10 minutes each, a room full of Rabblers, and the usual rules.

Registration: Attendance is free, but for catering purposes we need you to register!

Follow @georabble on twitter or use the hashtag #georabbleper to join the conversation.

We can’t hold these events without the help of the greater Geocommunity!

Please contact us if you’d like to be a part of sponsoring a future event.

Proudly sponsored by Survey Results

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Georabble Melbourne #9 Announced

GeoRabble returns to Melbourne on Tuesday 15th March 2016 at the Savoy Tavern, 677 Bourke St, Melbourne (Corner Bourke & Spencer Sts). Networking drinks start 5:30pm. Presentations commence: 6:00pm followed by more networking. 

Grab yourself a free ticket and enjoy the night with friends sharing geospatial ideas, free of sales pitches and hidden agendas!  Each presentation is light, relevant to geo-something and only 10minutes long.

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Speakers:

Anton van Wyk – Psychology of UAV Pilot

Bernhard Jenny – Scale Adaptive Web Projections

Henry Walshaw – Creating a QGIS plugin in 10 mins!

Warwick Wilson – DELWP Spatial Metadata

Mohsen Kalantari – Automatic reconstruction of  3d indoor models

More to be announced soon!

If you have a great geo-spatial idea that you would like to share with a group of like minded people, we want you! Contact the GeoRabble committee asap to express your interesting topic in 20words or less, or email your idea to melbourne@georabble.org

A very special thanks to our Sponsor Hexagon Geospatial – Ignite Competition without whom we couldn’t run this event and provide food to everyone …

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